Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter Wicker

This is my offering for the monthly challenge for
Some Texas Artists Like to Paint. I wrote my commentary/
excuses there . . .

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Feeling a shift in the way I approach a painting now . . . no longer
concerned with details or outlines. It may be time to tackle some
larger canvases and see if I can carry what I've learned toward work
that's more concepted/intentional/realized? (I don't know). And, of
course, continue with small pieces as well, but possibly, see them from
a different perspective (which will also take a brain shift).

Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Heart to Heart

This is an older painting I'd done a few months ago but it was too literal 
to live. I saw it out of the corner of my eye on Saturday and thought 
what if I messed it up or just messed with it? I had already deemed it 
a lost cause so I wasn't attached . . . Sometimes it seems that playing 
a psychological mind game with myself is the solution, but I've been 
doing this now long enough to know that tomorrow, it won't be. I had 
done another like this earlier in the year and called it "Rescue" and 
wonder now if the title has evolved from a noun then to a verb now?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gossip 4

And yet another panel that endured much scraping and wiping. 
The mush that was left from wiping turned out to be helpful --- 
suddenly I saw the painting as not 3 distinct pears, saw what 
should disappear into darkness, what could just be hinted at and that 
the pear on the right needed to dissolve into the background. I'm trying 
to "be b-b-b-brave," as Susan Nally says on her blog and work differently 
than I normally do. The goal was to lay in color and value without delineating 
and see if I could make the forms recognizable.
Claire Christinel wrote some bullet points on her site from a workshop 
she took, one of which was to turn away from the setup periodically. 
I used to feel like I was cheating when I did, but if I don't, I tend to be 
too literal and not notice what's happening on the canvas, the flow of 
light and dark, color relationships, where I want to direct the eye, ie.,
the "art" part. I learn so much from visiting fellow bloggers' sites . . . 
you give me so much more to think about and practice.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Liaison Sold

This little painting was scraped off four times, each time because it 
was getting too precious. The goal was to be conscious about 
"coloring outside of the lines." With each scraping, I felt the point 
was no longer to get a decent painting to post, but to just keep 
practicing. I stopped with this attempt because it seemed . . .
decent enough to post. :-)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Broken Poinsettia

I've had such a hard time painting after doing the last two tangerines. 
I always seem to start out well, then somewhere along the way, I 
find myself spelling everything out.  Tried to avoid that here but may 
have gone overboard. I'm not sure anyone would know what this is 
without the title.